Returning to work from holidays? Tips:

August 7th, 2017 by Patricia Jehle Leave a reply »

Review your photos to relive your time on vacation

We as a family have just had more than two weeks of holiday. It’s been great, but at leas for me, returning to the job can sometimes be difficult. Returning to work can be emotionally or even physically difficult, especially if you have really had a mental break from your every-day schedule. It can feel like you are a deep-sea diver coming to the surface again, facing a foreign world from where you have recently been.


This was the case for me- I was far away, mentally, emotionally and physically from all my work. But then I came back to a few important deadlines. I had to resurface fast. Here are some things I try to do to make the re-adjustment smooth; maybe you can do them too!


Start on a Wednesday, or even Thursday

Make your first work-week lighter by only working a few days, or perhaps schedule something “fun” first, such as a training day, or a team building day where you have no choice but to ignore your email list. This time I only focused on the deadlines.


Alternatively, check the email list immediately when you return (at home – and be brutal with your triage, no replies, just deletes – reply in the office).


Start slowly, with lowered expectations

Do not plan a long first day or two, but slowly set and get into your list of “to-dos”; don’t expect to get finished with your list, but try to focus on one or two key goals for the first few days. Remember to reacquaint yourself with the team, the space, and the food, too. Perhaps you have a souvenir you want to put on your desk to remind you of the great time you have just had.


Revisit your vacation memories

Speaking of souvenirs, maybe you want to review your photos, or try and make that green curry you learned to make in Thai cooking class. As a family, we always bring back food and the most recent trip was to places that allowed us to bring back our favorite American comfort foods. We will make a meal to re-live our holiday experience in our own home, and will anchor it in our memories.


Have -or make- future holiday plans, have something to look forward to

Not only are we attending a wedding at the end of the month, but we also have some friends are visiting next week. So, although we will be working, we have very positive activities to look forward to. This helps when work gets tough: we can look ahead to the next enjoyable activities that break the work stress. These plans help make the days pass with positive thoughts.


May your resurfacing be successful and the next holidays be planned soon!

Patricia Jehle  



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